Dolls by Lani, photoshop texture by Kim Klassen
Have you ever found yourself deliberating whether or not to do something you know would be an experience which will help you grow and you are just at that point where you getting ready to do this thing and suddenly you don't want to? Suddenly you discover your resistance and fear rising up? And sometimes you can get to that point several times around one upcoming event and each time it's as though it is all new and you have to decide all over again to do this good thing...
So I had several of those experiences while preparing for our local Prospect Road Craft Fair, and I was debating (once again) whether or not I could actually be brave enough to do the fair when an eNote came into my in-box from the Brave Girls Club:
"Don't be afraid to face your giants. Don't be afraid to stand face to face, toe to toe with what is scaring you the most. Don't be afraid to pull the things that are taunting you in the darkness out into the light to see what they really are.So I thought, yes, I can face this giant!
Our fears, our hurts and our biggest holdbacks very often lose all of their power once they are brought out into the light and to be seen for what they truly are. Many times they are simply figurative bullies, and not much more. Many times our fears have no merit, our hurts are not worth the energy we put into them, and the things holding us back most are things we have outgrown long ago.
We hold on to things for years because we let them linger and grow in the background, in the closets and deep in our hearts....when all we need to do is pull them out, take a look at them....and see if they really should hold ANY more of our energy, our brain space or any of the words that ever come from our mouth again.
It doesn't make us weak to let go of old garbage from our past...whether it's years ago or whether it was yesterday. It doesn't make us weak to forgive and forget and move on.......it is a sign of strength and character and of taking control of our own futures....our own feelings...our own place in the world.
Bring it all out into the light. It's so much nicer, sunnier, warmer, prettier and happier in the light.
Shine on, lovely friend."
And who knows I might even have fun. So here are the dolls, much influenced by Clarissa Callesen's techniques, who is teaching at Art Fest in 2011 and has a great shop on Etsy. (Thank you Clarissa!)
When I looked at mine I thought they looked like they'd washed up from one of Nova Scotia's many, many shipwrecks.
Could they have been a pirate's talisman, or come across on the SS Atlantic or the Titanic even? What is the history behind these mysterious dolls?
Come to the Prospect Road Community Center tomorrow and find out!